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After Surgery

 

When will I be able to eat?

You will be on a full liquid diet for the first few weeks after surgery. It is crucial that you give your new stomach pouch time to heal. If you eat too soon, you risk causing a leak in your pouch, which could cause severe complications. Do not eat any food until your surgeon tells you it’s okay.

Is it important to drink water?

It is very important that bariatric surgery patients are careful to maintain their fluid intake. Your body still needs the same amount of water as it did before surgery, however your stomach pouch is now the size of a small egg. While you are healing, it is important that you sip liquids slowly and pay attention to your feeling of fullness. Even after you have completely recuperated from surgery, you will always need to make sure you are taking in enough fluids.

How long will I be out of work?

Most people are able to resume their normal activity within six weeks after laparascopic weight loss surgery.

When should I be able to eat regular food?

The surgeon and dietitian will monitor your progress after surgery. You will transition through five stages: clear liquid diet, full liquid diet, pureed foods, soft foods and eventually to regular food. This will likely take about six weeks to several months, depending on your body. Follow the direction of your surgeon.

When should I begin exercise?

Increasing your physical activity will certainly increase your weight loss. Walking about 30 minutes each day is good for the first few months after surgery. Your surgeon will let you know when you can begin other activities.

Will I need to take vitamins?

The surgery bypasses the part of your intestine that absorbs many nutrients. Therefore, you will need to take vitamins for the rest of your life. You also will have your blood checked periodically to monitor certain vitamin levels.

How often will I have check-ups after surgery?

You probably will see the surgeon about 7–10 days after you leave the hospital. You probably will come back to the Weight Management Center for follow up appointments 5–6 more times during the first year and yearly thereafter.

You may have lots of questions in the months following surgery. Our staff is available to help answer your questions. You can rely on the nurse practitioner, dietitian, behavioral health nurse and the Bari-Buddies support group to guide your through as you adjust to your new stomach pouch, your new body, and your new life.